Newbury Street in Boston has a special air to it -
one that reflects a trendy, fashionable crowd. Newbury Street is to Boston as Rodeo Drive
is to Hollywood.
With that said, many restaurants along this strip are very upscale
and attract a chic following. When we visited Sonsie at 327 Newbury Street, we were
pleasantly surprised at the mixture of people frequenting both the restaurant and bar. The
menu at this high-profile restaurant is not overpriced, much to our delight.
The appetizers were incredible. I sampled the special, a crab salad
which was light and lemony. We also ordered the corn and crab chowder ($7) which was sweet
and creamy. The lemon Caesar salad ($6.50) was fresh and crisp and had the right amount of
dressing. When the steamed mussels arrived ($9.25), I couldnt believe how many were
served. There must have been over two dozen served with a Budweiser butter.
This five-year-old restaurant opens the front 12-foot French doors to
an open-air cafe where most people go for a cup of cappuccino or espresso and enjoy
Daily breads and desserts are all baked at Sonsie. The entire menu
seems to reflect Chef Bill Poiriers good taste.
The entrees here were equally as impressive. I selected the angel
hair pasta with broccoli and scallops ($12.75), which was light and fresh. The scallops
were very tender and juicy.
My companion ordered the 16 ounce grilled sirloin steak ($25), a
tender cut served with a sampling of potatoes.
The potatoes here should be listed as an entree instead of a side
order. We tried the five potato sampler ($9.75), which was a combination of sweet potato
fries, butter whipped potatoes, mashed potatoes with bacon, onions and sour cream, Ricotta
mashed potatoes with basil pesto and chunky new potato hash. This extraordinary side dish
was large enough for a family of four but since we love potatoes, we were able to consume
most of the sampling.
Other entrees that looked appealing were the blackened white fish
with shrimp gumbo ($17.50), roast chicken with honey and lavender ($14) and the braised
lamb shank with oven dried tomatoes and fried squash blossoms ($17.75).
Dont forget to save room for dessert. We tried the strawberry trifle with vanilla
chantilly ($6.75) and Chocolate Gianduja Mousse Cake with crushed hazelnuts ($6.75). The
desserts were prepared with the same amount of care and attention as the entrees and
reflected the pastry chefs good choice of a selection of the freshest ingredients.
Sonsie is a comfortable restaurant to enjoy reasonably priced food. I
look forward to visiting Sonsie again.
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Kellie K. Speed is
a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been
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